The Compass is a two-storey venue near Chester city centre. Built in 1908, the building is one of a few traditional Tudor Revival townhouses around the city that were commissioned by the second Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor.

Downstairs is a traditional town centre pub with a roaring fire and friendly staff. We serve a wide variety of craft and world ales alongside sweet-shop flavour cocktails.

As the sister venue to The Live Rooms and Central Station, The Compass also has a strong reputation as a live music venue. The upstairs venue has hosted acts such as: Public Service Broadcasting / The 1975 / Pure Love / Mark Morriss / Beans On Toast etc, as well as hosting regular club nights. Downstairs we also host Blue Lantern, a weekly open mic acoustic night as well as regular lower-key gigs and acts.

We’re just a few minutes walk from the city centre, and a few hundred yards from the train station. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink with friends or a more lively, entertainment fuelled night out, The Compass is the perfect venue.

Opening Hours

Monday6pm ’til late
Tuesday6pm ’til late
Wednesday6pm ’til late
Thursday12pm ’til late
Friday12pm ’til late
Saturday12pm ’til late
Sunday12pm ’til late



Now taking bookings!

Our venue is available to hire for a variety of events, including:

  • Parties
  • Functions
  • Live music & club events
  • Meetings
  • Corporate events
  • Just about anything else!

Our facilities include:

  • Two fully-stocked bars
  • Tea & coffee facilities
  • Audio & visual:
    • Full PA system
    • DJing equipment
    • Venue & club style lighting
    • Projector
  • Free WiFi

The Compass is available fully standing or seated, and with or without tables.

Get in touch using our contact form below for more information!


For larger events, consider our sister venue The Live Rooms, situated nearby.

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The Compass

We're located just a few minutes walk from Chester Railway Station, on the way into the City Centre.

Come say hello, have a drink and take a look around.